Benjamin Whiteman was a man of influence and he used that power for the good of
In 1799 Whiteman moved with his wife, Catherine, and her parents, Owen and Latitia Davis, to the mouth of Beaver creek. His father-in-law opened a mill. Broadstone in his 1918 book, History of Greene County, Ohio, says, "Members of the "Dutch Settlement," in
Whiteman built a house near the mill and sold it to his father-in-law. It was later used as a temporary meeting place for Greene county courts.
Among his first cases as a judge was one which involved Owen Davis, his father-in-law.
The Whiteman and Davis families sold their property in
Whiteman was a General in the War of 1812 and led a brigade of soldiers. It has been reported that cloth for their uniforms was supplied by Whiteman's mill.
Several pioneers were invited to name the city chosen to be the seat of government of
When the boundary between Greene and
Whiteman died in July of 1852 at the age of 84 and was buried in